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Paul Acampora      

Children's author; known for "I Kill the Mockingbird;" Former Kindergarten teacher

Paul Acampora has written three novels and people have said nice things about each of them. Kids, parents and critics praise his work for its laugh-out-loud humor, rollicking dialogue, and heartfelt characters. He is the author of Defining Dulcie, which School Library Journal called "an inextricable mix of sadness and humor, sorrow and hope," and Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face, which Kirkus Reviews described as "an outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness," and I Kill the Mockingbird which, according to Booklist, is "[a] well-written, resolutely cheerful offering [which] celebrates books, reading, and life."

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WRITING WORKSHOPS: Grade 3 and up (including adults) 45-90 minutes

Following a brief discussion of character, plot, setting, and other storytelling “ingredients,” Paul leads hands-on writing exercises designed to excite and inspire students whether or not they aspire to be writers themselves.

WRITING WORKSHOPS: Grade 5 and up (including adults) 45-75 minutes

Through a PowerPoint presentation designed for school assemblies, conferences, and other large or medium-sized groups, Paul describes and demonstrates how truth is always stranger than fiction, but fiction is always constructed from real life.

Conference and Festival Appearances: 45-75 minutes

In a very funny presentation designed for school assemblies, conferences, festivals, and other large or medium-sized groups, Paul describes and demonstrates how truth is always stranger than fiction, but fiction is always constructed from real life.

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